Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Check out our Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: Central and Lower North Island Travel Guide

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, our Central and Lower North Island Must-Do's guide includes all the information you need to plan your next road trip.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

13 Kiwi Gems to tick off before the end of summer

Make the most of the last weeks of summer by ticking off some of these fantastic Kiwi Gems around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Nine quirky Kiwi Gems you've never heard of around New Zealand

Discover something new with these nine quirky Kiwi Gems around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

13 free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next North Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked 13 Kiwi Gems around the North Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Six unmissable road trip detours on the Thermal Explorer Highway

Head off the main route on the Thermal Explorer Highway to discover these six unmissable Kiwi Gems between Auckland and Hawke's Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

11 secret spots around New Zealand you didn't know existed

From untouched forest to freshwater lakes, secret beaches and secluded islands, we guarantee you won't have discovered all 11 of these Kiwi Gems.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Squeeze into an enchanted world in Taupō

Wriggle your way through a narrow rock crevice to find a naturally-heated waterfall, deep in the bush on the outskirts of Taupō. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Soak in the free hot springs at Otumuheke Stream

Where the Waikato River meets Otumuheke Stream in Taupō you’ll find free outdoor hot pools.   Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Ride around New Zealand’s largest lake in Taupō

An 83km, one- to three-day grade three ride, the Great Lake Trail forms part of the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Helm your own Doughboat on Lake Taupō

One of the latest and most striking additions to the Taupō waterfront are Doughboats – inflatable doughnut-shaped boats with room for up to six people to cruise the inner reaches of the Great Lake. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Get outdoors: 10 wonderful winter walks

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of total hibernation. With some planning, safety precautions and sensible gear you can still enjoy the outdoors. We’ve picked out 10 short walks around New Zealand to get you inspired.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

12 unusual things to do in Taupō

Whether you’re looking for an adventure or want to take things at a more leisurely pace, we’ve picked 12 unusual activities and attractions in Taupō that may not be the things you already know and love.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Go fishing at Huka Prawn Park

On the banks of the Waikato River, just north of Lake Taupō, you’ll find the unique attraction of Huka Prawn Park.  Read the story . . . 

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